Abba David Poliakoff

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Abba David Poliakoff is Chairman of the Firm's Securities Practice Group and Israel Practice Group, and a member of the Firm's Business Law and Electronic Discovery Practice Groups. After law school, Abba joined the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., where he became a senior attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance. From 1980 to 1983, when he joined the Firm, Abba was associated with the Wall Street law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York.

Abba is active in a variety of areas in the law. Abba's business law practice includes corporate and securities law, venture capital, and intellectual property. He is counsel to public and private entities, consisting of both larger corporations as well as emerging or developing businesses. His experience includes capital formation, including public offerings and private placements; mergers and acquisitions; corporate and commercial financing; and general legal and business consulting. Abba's practice has focused on technology, biotech, intellectual property, and he represents venture capital funds as well as private investors.

Having participated as a panelist in various legal seminars on securities law and commercial financing, Abba has authored a number of publications on those subjects in journals such as the University of Baltimore Law Review; The Forum Law Journal; Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL); The American Bar Association (ABA); National Business Institute; Bowne Digest for Corporate and Securities Lawyers; Aspen Law & Business Journal; Maryland Business Law Watch; The Daily Record and The Maryland Bar Journal.

Abba is currently a member of the Maryland State Bar Association's Business Law Section and former Chair of its Committee on Securities. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Association's Small Business Committee and Business Law Committee.  Formerly he was a member of the Business Regulations Article Review Committee of the Committee to Revise the Maryland Annotated Code. He is listed in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was named in the 2007 - 2014 editions of Best Lawyers In America for his work in Corporate and Securities Law and the 2014 edition for Commercial Litigation.  Abba was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2013 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities/Capital Markets Law.  He was named by Maryland's Daily Record as an "Influential Marylander" for 2013.

Abba is the Chairman of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, a joint venture between the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade.  He is also a co-founder and on the board of the Middle Eastern Chamber of Commerce of Maryland.

Governor Martin J. O'Malley appointed Abba in 2009 to the Governor's International Advisory Council on International Commerce and Trade.   He was also appointed by Maryland Governor Robert C. Ehrlich, Jr. to the Governor's Transition Committee. In his community work, he is on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Jewish Council; The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital; and the Investment Subcommittee of LifeBridge Health.  Abba was the former President for the Maryland Region of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA), a past president of the Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Board of Baltimore, formerly on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and formerly Chairman of its Legislative Committee.


  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2013 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Named by Maryland's Daily Record as an "Influential Marylander" for 2013
  • Listed in Best Lawyers In America for Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation for 2007 - 2014 and for Commercial Litigation for 2014 
  • Named to the 2007 - 2014 lists of Maryland Super Lawyers in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for Business/Corporate Law
  • Named in 2007 and 2008 as one of SmartCEO's SmartLawyers
  • Listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Member, Government Relations Committee of LifeBridge Health, Inc.
  • Member, Governor's International Advisory Council on International Commerce and Trade (appointed by Governor Martin J. O'Malley in 2009)
  • Member, Board of Directors of JET Incubator of Baltimore
  • Chairman, Maryland Israel Development Center
  • Member, Board of Directors of The Associated:  Jewish Federation of Baltimore
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Baltimore Jewish Council and Executive Committee 
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Inc.
  • Member, Investment Committee of the Board of Directors of LifeBridge Health
  • Appointed by Governor Robert C. Ehrlich, Jr. to Governor's Transition Team
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section, Committee on Securities
  • Member, American Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

  • "New SEC Rules Focus on Financial Accountability," The Daily Record (March 22, 2003)
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Act," Maryland Bankers Association: September 25, 2002
  • "Employee Benefits For Decision Makers: Current Issues Facing Retirement Plans and Health and Welfare Plans," LORMAN Seminar: June 27, 2002
  • "Communicating with Securities Analysts," Maryland Business Law Watch (February 1999)

Focus of Practice


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1977
Heuisler Honor Society
Editor, Law Review
Associate Editor, The Forum Law Journal

B.T.L., 1973, Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Loyola College

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1977
  • Washington D.C., 1978

Did You Know?

Abba was named by "Best Lawyers in America 2014" for Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation and is listed in Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers for Business."